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SOFTBALL INSIDER: Hawks looking to make history

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014 6:27 a.m. CDT

SPOTLIGHT ON ...

Jasmyne Taylor, Sycamore, Senior

Taylor went 2 for 2 with a home run, triple and two RBIs in a game against Belvidere North on May 10.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Hiawatha at Class 1A Elgin Westminster Christian Regional, May 20-24

The Hawks are looking for their second straight regional title, and are the top seed at Westminster Christian.

Indian Creek at Class 1A Serena Regional, May 19-24

The T'wolves are the No. 3 seed at the all-Little Ten regional, and open up with second-seeded Earlville in Wednesday's semifinals. Top-seeded Serena is the favorite.

St. Charles East at DeKalb, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

With the postseason approaching, the Barbs will be tested against one of the better Class 4A teams in the state.

POWER RANKINGS

1. DeKalb (20-6, 7-3 Northern Illinois Big 12 East)

2. Kaneland (15-11, 6-3 NI Big 12 East)

3. Genoa-Kingston (15-10, 5-5 Big Northern East)

4. Sycamore (6-17, 2-7 NI Big 12 East)

5. Indian Creek (9-11, 7-8 Little Ten)

6. Hiawatha (7-14, 5-12 Little Ten)

7. Hinckley-Big Rock (13-15, 3-10 Little Ten)

NOTEBOOK: Hawks looking to make school history

Hiawatha has never won two consecutive regional titles, something which is unprecedented for the Hawks. However, after a regional championship last year, the Hawks are looking to buck that trend, despite the fact the team is young and has just three seniors on its roster.

"I told these girls, we have an opportunity to make history," Hiawatha coach David Tamraz said.

Despite being just 7-14 overall, Hiawatha is the top seed at the Class 1A Westminster Christian Regional. The Hawks open up postseason play on Tuesday against No. 4 Rockford Christian Life.

"There were some phenomenal softball players here that came through this program that didn't win [a regional], you have an opportunity to win two," Tamraz told his team.

Morrow big for Knights: Kaneland's Angie Morrow had a strong performance for the Knights in Thursday's 4-1 win at DeKalb.

If Kaneland is going to make a run in the postseason, she'll be an important piece. The Wisconsin commit gave up one run in four innings of work during Thursday's victory. The Knights are the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional, and will take on third-seeded Genoa-Kingston on Wednesday, May 28.

"She's had her moments where she's lost a litlte bit of control, she's got hit (hard) a couple times. Can't complain about her effort and her competitiveness," Kaneland coach Brian Willis said. "She goes out there – she wants the ball, she wants to win, she wants to throw strikes. Nothing to complain about."

VIEWS: Barbs shouldn't be too disappointed about not taking conference

Following Thursday's 4-1 loss to Kaneland, DeKalb coach Jeff Davis said his players were upset about not taking home at least a share of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.

The Barbs could still earn a share of the league crown should Yorkville lose at Rochelle on Tuesday, but that is highly unlikely. The teams were supposed to play Thursday, but it was postponed due to field conditions at Rochelle.

Not winning conference should be a disappointment, but at the same time conference titles are overrated in high school sports.

Should the Barbs celebrate with the regional championship plaque on Saturday, May 27, I doubt the players will care too much about not claiming the NI Big 12 East. Should the Barbs make a nice run in the Class 4A state tournament – which they certainly have the ability to do, the memory of not winning conference will fade even more.

"It was our first goal. That doesn't mean it ranks right up there with what we are plaing for. But it was definitely one of our goals," DeKalb coach Jeff Davis said following Thursday's defeat. "The bottom line is, that goal is over, and we come up a little bit short, and we've got to move on to the next task at hand, and that's winning a regional title."

• Steve Nitz is a sports writer for the Daily Chronicle. Write to him at snitz@shawmedia.com and follow him on Twitter @SNitz_DDC.

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